Tracie Bluse Ward, President & Founder
Tracie is passionate about helping individuals and families live with intention and find meaningful ways to share their wisdom, values, stories and generosity with loved ones. She launched Celebrations of Life in 2007 with the Legacy Journey® serving as a platform to make these services more engaging, accessible and affordable for everyone. Her 20+ prior years as a consultant helping corporations become more client-centered provided her with the experience to help foundations and nonprofits, senior living communities, financial/estate/wealth planners and other sectors integrate the Legacy Journey into their business models. She also trains and certifies independent legacy facilitators internationally, and speaks to a variety of audiences about the importance of the Legacy Journey in all stages of life. Tracie authored the resources and training materials for Life Reflection Stories and Making a Difference Plans and shares her unique legacy perspective through her Life Slices blog.
Barry K. Baines, MD, Vice President
Barry is a leading authority on ethical wills and pioneered their use in hospice, palliative care and other communities. He authored the book, Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper, as well as several other resources on the topic, which have been featured nationally. Dr. Baines received his MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975. He is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Barry continues to serve as a hospice medical director in addition to his role with Celebrations of Life.
David R. Woolley, Chief Software Architect
David has been a pioneer in online social media since before that term existed. In the early 1970s he created PLATO Notes, an online message board system that was the basis for the world’s first online community and the direct progenitor of Lotus Notes. He was also the co-creator of the world’s first online chat room, Talkomatic. He has designed online conferencing facilities for many applications and built authoring tools for computer-based training. In recent years he has been a consultant in the field of web conferencing and social media software, and has held top leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations before joining Celebrations of Life in 2012.